Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Gritti Politti Naked Cleansing Balm

Apparently this naked cleansing balm is named after the British band Scritti Politti but I’m sorry to say I have no idea who they are…

Gritti Politti is one of five new cleansing balms that debuted as part of a whole Naked Skincare launch and is the only one to feature an exfoliant. It contains Ground Coconut Shell to gently scrub away at dead skin and cleanse your pores! I know some people have said they’d rather it be a little more abrasive but for me it’s absolutely perfect and I’m currently using it every other night to cleanse my face.

To use this cleanser you can either melt it between your fingers and then massage it in your skin or swipe the bar as a whole over your face. I personally prefer to do the latter as I find it doesn’t really feel very exfoliating at all if you do the former. You simply then just wipe clean with a damp face cloth!

The actual bar itself is made from two types of butter as well as Coconut Oil. Cupuaçu Butter is a soft and nourishing emollient which protects and moisturises the skin, as well as being full of antioxidants. A new ingredient for Lush is Kokum Butter, which is also highly moisturising. Because of both of these butters’ ability to melt very quickly upon contact with the skin, Gritti Politti leaves behind a greatly nourishing residue that will make your face feel superbly soft and hydrated. However, it does mean that you have to be careful not to store it anywhere where it’ll get too warm, else it’ll melt!

Because of the high oil content, like all of the naked cleansing balms, Gritti Politti is great at removing make up.

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This cleansing balm has a beautiful buttery coconut scent to it due to all the ingredients I’ve already spoken about but Lush have also added couple more to enhance the sweet and natural fragrance. It incorporates Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid and Vetivert Oil which all have extra benefits for the skin as a bonus. Rosewood is antiseptic and balancing, whereas the three others are soothing and protective.

I’ve loved all the cleansing balms so far and Gritti is no exception. I adore how soft and nourished my skin feels each time I use it and it also makes my face feel adequately clean too. It’s so gentle and would make the perfect exfoliator for someone with dry and sensitive skin. It’s for sure something I’m going to continue to purchase and use!

You can check it out for yourself here over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Cupuaçu Butter, Kokum Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Ground Coconut Shell, Rosewood Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Linalool, Perfume

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Face, Face Masks, Fresh Face Masks

Don’t Look At Me Fresh Face Mask

With the name Don’t Look At Me, it’s rather ironic that this is one of Lush’s brightest face masks with it’s bright blue colouring! You can’t not look!

Arguably the best thing about Don’t Look At Me is just how exfoliating it is. Even though it’s a face mask first and foremost, it contains super scrubby around rice to remove dead skin cells when you’re taking it off, just like a face scrub.

Don’t Look At Me has quite a rich, yet wet texture, which means it’s really easy to apply and there aren’t any big chunks like in other face masks. Along with cleansing Kaolin and Glycerine, it actually features a lot of skin softening ingredients. Silken Tofu has a high protein content and lots of vitamins, meaning it’s fantastic for moisturising and improving the condition of skin. Murumuru Butter is also loaded with vitamins and has a high content of deeply moisturising oleic acid. Furthermore, Rice Syrup and Rice Milk have also been added for their soothing and softening properties.

Although I may have made it sound otherwise, I wouldn’t call Don’t Look At Me that moisturising. It’s softening, yes, but I do find it can be slightly drying on my combination skin. It actually features enzymically cleansing Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil and a high amount of Fresh Lemon Juice. When something is enzymically cleansing, it means it breaks down any dirt and excess sebum with the help of enzymes, therefore making certain ingredients great at helping break down excess oils on the skin. Lemon Juice is perfect at this as well as being toning and brightening on the skin. I’d definitely recommend this mask to anyone with oilier skin types but if you are using it on drier skin, just make sure you’re using a good moisturiser after.

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Whenever I use Don’t Look At Me, my skin always feels so smooth and refreshed. The exfoliant works so well, I literally feel like I’m wearing new skin and there’s always a noticeable glow as well, so I love to use Don’t Look At Me before a big event!

However, one thing I really dislike about this mask, is the scent. I think it’s just how sharp the overall citrus aroma is, and mixed with the other ingredients it just doesn’t sit well with my nose. It’s sadly a big reason why I don’t use Don’t Look At Me more often.

Take a look at this fresh face mask here on the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Kaolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Glycerine, Rice Syrup, Ground White Rice, Organic Silken Tofu, Murumuru Butter, Bentone Gel, Rice Milk, Grapefruit Oil, Neroli Oil, Water, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 42090

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Cleansers, Face

7 To 3 Cleansing Wipe

When I first saw the prototype for these unique wipes at the 2018 Showcase, I was bowled over by them in all honesty. Lush really are paving the way to a future where packaging and cosmetic waste is a thing of the past. These alternatives to make-up wipes are reusable, biodegradable and packaging free and I’m gagged that Lush have managed to create such an innovative product.

Now I’m not gonna lie, the wipes themselves look a little like slices of turkey, or some other deli meat, but don’t let it put you off! They’re actually made from a base of Carrageenan Extract, which is a mucilage extracted from Irish moss seaweed which is dried and powdered. Because of the hydrating and soothing seaweed base, these little wipes are excellent for sensitive skins.

The name 7 to 3 comes from the fact that 7-3 is the Lush manufacturing hours, and the product incorporates the same ingredients as the 9 to 5 liquid cleanser: Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil and Fresh Dove Orchid. Clarifying Dove Orchid is known for gently cleansing and purifying the skin, removing toxins and fighting spots. It’s also a great ingredient to use for its soothing qualities, along with Everlasting Flower. Ylang Ylang is toning and balancing, restoring the skin’s natural pH balance for a clear and healthy complexion. To further help the cleansing action, 7 to 3 contains finely ground Cannellini Beans and Talc which act as gentle and mild exfoliators.

Most people use facial wipes for convenience and their quick and easy use, but Lush’s version does take a little more time and effort, and you also do need water. You start by wetting your face and also approximately half of the wipe, which you then glide over your skin, working it into the eyes and into places where make up is heavy. Put the wipe down and continue to massage the creamy residue into the face before rinsing clean. I know that it’s not exactly the same as using wipes and believe me, Lush have had a lot of feedback about it BUT here’s something to think about. Facial wipes make up 93% of material found in sewer blockages. That’s a whopping amount and the majority of those are not biodegradable as they contain synthetics and plastics. Personally, I’d rather put a little more effort into cleansing my face than contribute to ruining the environment, but that’s just me.

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From using them myself since the UK launch, it’s true that if you’re wearing heavy lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, or the like then you’re going to need a little more help to get rid of it. But neither make up wipes, nor 7 to 3 are designed to tackle heavy make up anyway. I’ve found that it’s perfectly capable of taking off your everyday light make up and is a great first step in a two-part cleansing routine.

The wipes are supposed to last for about a weeks worth of uses, and you can definitely make that happen by not getting them too wet with each use, and letting them dry out after.

Whilst I think that these incredibly unique wipes are an excellent invention, I’m probably going to stick to my Ultrabland as a make-up remover but I’ve never been a user of wipes anyway. However, if you are someone who uses make-up wipes regularly, then please give a thought to the environment and opt for a switch.

You can check out 7 to 3 here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Fresh Dove Orchid Infusion, Talc, Glycerine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Ground Cannellini Beans, Carrageenan Extract, Everlasting Flower Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Perfume

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Face, Naked Facial Oils & Serums

Amazon Primer Naked Facial Oil

Lush have recently released a whole range of naked skincare, including four brand new naked facial oils. I’ve been using Full Of Grace for a long time now and I had been hoping  for alternatives to try out! Well it seems my prayers have been answered and I couldn’t wait to try them all. Amazon Primer is designed to hydrate your skin but leave it matte and primed, allowing easier and more effective make-up application.

Amazon Primer contains many ingredients from the Amazon (hence the name). To moisturise, we have creamy Cupuaçu Butter from a project in Brazil where the fruits are actually collected along the banks of the Amazon river, protective Murumuru Butter and calming Andiroba Oil, also from the Amazon. You apply it by either warming it up in your fingers first and wiping the residue over your face, or like I do by smoothing the whole thing over your face as it is.

A starchy base of Arrowroot Powder keeps the skin matte and smooth and has been carefully chosen to give the best absorbency on the skin, and is what makes this product a good primer. Having used this with make up, I find it to be considerably better than Magical Moringa for the certain make up that I wear and actually suits Lush’s own Slapsticks rather well. It’s a lot more hydrating than Magical Moringa and although it does leave a somewhat dewy look behind, it does feel matte and allows your make up to go that little bit further.

The green colouring is completely naturally derived from Chlorophyllin and Gardenia Extract which also helps to counterbalance and neutralise any redness, as green and red are opposite on the colour wheel.

Amazon Primer furthermore contains a Lemongrass Infusion and an Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies to tighten and tone, leaving behind clear and bright skin. Electric Daisies are tingling, have anaesthetic properties and are commonly used to ease toothaches. The compound responsible for these effects in the mouth is also responsible for relaxing the muscles of the face and therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles when applied on the skin!

The fragrance is a little much for some people I’ve heard, but for me it’s just fine. A mix of Orange, Tonka and Rosewood give a woody citrus scent which you can definitely get used to! These three ingredients are from Brazil too.

I’ve been using Amazon Primer for a while now every morning in place of a moisturiser, even when I’m not wearing make-up. It’s effectively hydrating and a little really goes a long way so I believe I’ve found a new part of my skincare routine!

Check out Amazon Primer for yourself here!

Ingredients

Murumuru Butter, Arrowroot Powder, Lemongrass Infusion, Japan Wax, Carnauba Wax, Cupuaçu Butter, Alcoholic Tincture of Electric Daisies, Rosewood Oil, Andiroba Oil, Tonka Absolute, Brazilian Orange Oil, Water, Gardenia Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin

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Cleansers, Face

Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash

Kalamazoo is a pretty popular item and makes a great product to get those with beards starting their Lush journey. Although it’s a beard wash, that doesn’t mean you have to have one to be able to use it, it’s also a lovely and creamy facial wash. The word Kalamazoo comes from the city of the same name in Michigan. The name Kalamazoo, which sounds unusual to English-speaking ears, has become a metaphor for exotic, far away places, much like Timbuktu.

Speaking of the exotic, Kalamazoo contains Fresh Pineapple Juice which is naturally rich in vitamins and enzymes which deeply cleanse the skin (and hair) by breaking down surface skin cells leaving it looking bright and fresh. Kalamazoo also contains Lime Oil and Orange Oil to add to the cleansing effects and these three ingredients are mainly what gives the product its fruity scent.

However, the main benefit of using Kalamazoo is how soft it makes your skin and beard (if you have one!) afterwards. Almond Oil is used for its conditioning effect on the skin and hair. It is moisturising and packed with vitamin E, giving the skin a gorgeous glow. Rich in vitamin A and minerals, apricot kernels produce a velvety oil that softens and seals in moisture. Jojoba Oil is an excellent moisturiser and due to it’s similarity with our own sebum, it is more readily absorbed by the top layer of the skin and helps to balance sebum production. It also conditions the hair by lightly coating it, adding shine and manageability. Lastly, Cupuaçu Butter is full of beneficial fatty acids, deeply hydrating the skin.

To use you simply scoop some of the thick lotion out the pot and massage it onto your face and into your beard before washing off with warm water. I find that although it can be a little much for sensitive skin, especially after shaving, it does deeply lock moisture into facial hair and everyone says there’s a big difference after using Kalamazoo! My boyfriend’s been using it for a while now and it’s really helped to soften his beard, much to my happiness!

Check out Kalamazoo for yourself here.

Ingredients

Water, Stearic Acid, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Cupuaçu Butter, Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Olibanum Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Methylparaben

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Cleansers, Face, Naked Cleansing Balms

Tea Totaler Naked Cleansing Balm

Lush’s naked cleansing balms were previously only available in Lush’s naked stores in both Milan and Berlin, and were first shown in the UK at 2018’s Creative Showcase in Manchester! However, more recently Lush launched their range of naked skincare which included cleansers and facial oils in all stores across the UK and I am unbelievably happy to finally have them!

Although I’ve already tried Jade Roller which I got on really well with, I opted to try Tea Totaler next as it’s probably the one best suited for my own face, especially as I’m suffering with mild breakouts at the moment.

Tea Totaler is packed with cleansing, antibacterial ingredients for calm, clean and balanced skin. Tea Tree Oil is well known for its blemish clearing properties and has been scientifically proven to be super effective at fighting against bacteria. A generous helping of herbal ingredients, being Thyme, Sage, Lemongrass and Rosemary oils, purify the skin, help to rebalance sebum production and keep breakouts under control.

The cleanser’s base is made from Castor Oil and Safflower Oil, solidified with the help of Illipe Butter, Japan Wax and Sunflower Wax. Safflower Oil is considered as a great smoother and emollient for the skin and it probably has the highest percentage of unsaturated fats out of all the oils. It contains a high level of linoleic acid, which is a well known acne-fighter, and is also rich in vitamin E, a great antioxidant. Traditional uses of Castor Oil include the treatment of skin problems, burns, irritation and abrasions. This base also helps to lightly hydrate the skin during usage.

The only problem with having a base so rich in butters and oils is that it’s quick to melt when it gets warm. When you use it, you’re supposed to apply the whole thing by directly wiping it over your face and massaging in the oils it leaves behind, before washing off with a damp wash cloth. However, try not to leave the bar for too long on your face as it really melts quite quickly and you don’t want to waste any of this fantastic product!

When you’re wiping it off, as a bonus, adding water activates a toning phase, much like Jade Roller. Witch Hazel, Sea Salt and Spring Water furthermore help in the fight against spots and pimples but they also tighten skin for a more youthful and fresh appearance.

At first I was unsure about this product, I wasn’t really noticing any differences or changes but with continual use I’m finding my skin feels a lot tighter (but not dry!) and smoother, my breakouts have been majorly reduced and I look much more rejuvenated and refreshed, which I’m very pleased with!

Check out Tea Totaler and the rest of the new naked skincare range here at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Illipe Butter, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Witch Hazel Extract, Spring Water, Sunflower Wax, Japan Wax, Lemongrass Oil, Rosemary Oil, Sage Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Thyme Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Citral, Limonene

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Cleansers, Face

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser

When it comes to the most popular and most well known Lush products, Ultrabland is definitely up there and is generally sold and known as an effective make up remover. Ignore the word ‘bland’ because this product definitely isn’t!

Ultrabland is based on an Ancient Greek formula for a cold cream. A cold cream is an emulsion of water and certain fats, usually including beeswax, designed to smooth skin and remove makeup. Although formulas for cold creams have massively changed since Ancient Greek times, the base is substantially the same – grease and water.

Lush’s version combines highly nourishing and hydrating ingredients to create an ever so gentle, yet amazingly effective cleanser that removes all traces of dirt and make up. Make up stays on because it’s generally made from oils and waxes, therefore to effectively remove it, you also need to use oils and waxes. Beeswax is such a gentle ingredient and is perfect for those with sensitive skins as it doesn’t strip any of your skin’s natural defences. It also has the same deeply moisturising qualities as Honey and creates a protective, waterproof barrier on the skin. Ultrabland also contains vitamin rich and highly nourishing Almond Oil to soften and hydrate!

Because of the high oil content, it’s not good to wash it off with water. To use, you just need to grab a smallish scoop of the product in your fingers and smooth over your face, paying attention to the contours and gently massaging the product all over. Be extra careful when rubbing it around your eye area and over your lashes. Then either grab a damp (but not wet) flannel or washcloth and glide over your face to remove the residue, and you can also use damp cotton pads to help with the removal. I often find that I don’t feel the need to moisturise whenever I’ve used a lot of Ultrabland, but feel free to if needed.

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This cleanser also contains super soothing Rose Water, Tincture of Benzoin and Iris Extract to help with any redness or irritation. It’s not only a fabulous make-up remover, it’s also a fabulously simple product to use when you need to bring your skin back to balance and calm breakouts. The pot even says when you’re dealing with really problematic skin, just use this for a month and it’ll sort you right out!

Personally I love Ultrabland, it’s my go-to make up removal method and even when I wear a lot, it really does the job quickly and without the need to spend ages scrubbing my face! Plus, it just feels so nice on my skin, I doubt I’ll ever stop using it!

Check out Ultrabland for yourself here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Almond Oil, Rose Water, Beeswax, Honey, Fresh Iris Extract, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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